Is it Expensive to have my Data Removed from the Internet?
Most people at some point find private data about themselves online that they don’t want out there. The first reaction is to try to find out how to get this information off the internet. This is not always easy. With newer applications and other phone accounts, companies are making it harder and harder for you to remove accounts and information yourself. They are taking advantage of their entry by offering “free” services, and then they use the access they’ve gained to your phone or computer by grabbing as much of your private data as possible in their grasp to become a big data seller and make as much money off of you as possible. This is how Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and many other “free” sites work and make a lot of money by charging you nothing.
Unfortunately, Apple has recently started lowering its standards since the loss of Steve Jobs. They now make it much easier for spammy, unsound, untested, virus type applications to make it into the App Store. Many of these apps have built-in code that won’t let you x delete their app from your iPhone by pressing and holding. Instead they added menus that bypass the x delete feature. Apple has always had a zero tolerance policy on apps whose sole purpose is to steal data and leach onto your phone like a info sucking parasite. Now, however, Apple is allowing these apps to add parasitic code rather than keeping with the high standards that always set them apart; standards that had at least some respect for our privacy. Apple used to go to great lengths to keep out viruses, hackers, snoops, parasites, and spyware. If the company keeps going in this direction, they will soon lose all credibility and annihilate Jobs’ vision of beauty, design, usability and respect for privacy. People paid more for iPhones and MacBooks because they were nearly virus proof. Not so much anymore. While, for now, we can still delete these data blood sucking, virus, hacker apps by click holding another app’s icon to set everything to x mode, it won’t be long before Apple abandons all decorum and goes for the total greed gold. Selling out to bad apps with high prices will most likely leave them open to a great competitor to swoop in and offer a superior product. I hope that doesn’t happen and they fix their slippery slope to sell out before it’s too late.
All of this aside, in the bigger picture of price versus privacy, hiring a good data removal company to get rid of personal, private information is a very reasonable investment. Additionally, a company like Wiperts offers plans that monitor the internet for your privacy. If any information is found after a complete data sweep, it is promptly removed. This keeps new information from being added that you don’t want found online such as your address, phone number, workplace, salary, family member names, and other such data. It is a valuable service at a reasonable price.